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The Cover
March 14, 2012

Farmhouse

JAMA. 2012;307(10):1002. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.226

Reconciling the difference between a sturdy French farmstead and the version painted by Alfred H. Maurer (1868-1932) requires imagination. Even with the luminosity bestowed by a Gallic summer's sunshine, actual walls and roofs never radiate the full color spectrum. Greens, oranges, reds, and blues—in bright Fauvist tones—suggest that Maurer portrayed his Farmhouse (cover) using this style of painting. The fanciful rainbow reflects the influence of Henri Matisse ( JAMA cover, August 11, 2010); the Parisian Salon d’Automne in 1905 saw the introduction of the Fauve breakthrough, spearheaded by Matisse, André Derain, and Maurice de Vlaminck. Maurer had the great fortune, like many young artists of his era, to study in Paris; he had wide exposure to the exciting birth of modern art and participated in the accompanying literary and intellectual circles.

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